Parliament passes Tourism Bill 2024 to final reading

Parliament passes Tourism Bill 2024 to final reading

The lawmakers at the South Sudan Parliament in Juba follow a session. [Matia Samuel, The City Review]

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly passed the Wildlife Conservation and Tourism Bill into its final.

The ‘Tourism Bill 2024’ provides for conformity of the Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas Bill, 2023, with the constitutional, legal, and political guiding principles enshrined in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, 2018, and the Transitional Constitution.

The Chairperson for the Standing Specialised Committee on Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, Wilson Lodiong, noted that “any person exercising powers or discharging duties under the bill shall strive to promote the national tourism policy, the relevant provisions of the global codes of ethics for tourism and ecotourism, cultural tourism, and any other forms of tourism that provide better sectorial linkages, create employment and foster sustainable developments.”  

The bill prohibits the entry of any person to any national park, game reserve, or other protected area except in the company of wildlife service personnel.

It also prohibits activities within national parks, game reserves, and other protected areas. It also stipulates that a a person permitted to enter any national park, game reserve, game-controlled area or sanctuary for scientific or recreational purposes shall not cut, burn, damage or remove any tree, or hunt, kill, capture, harass, or mistreat any wild animal.

“No construction or occupation of any house, mining, or removal of any minerals from the area, or engaging in any activity that could destroy, endanger, or disturb wildlife,” it partially notes.

In 2023, the national parliament held a public hearing on the draft Wildlife Conservation and Protected Area Bill and the Tourism Bills, in which the First Deputy Speaker, Oyet Nathaniel, stressed the importance of the bill.

Oyet said, “This is a very key process in enriching these bills and more all over, the tourism sector.”

After the bill has been passed by Parliament, it will be forwarded to the President for assent into law as required by the Constitution.

Last year, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ruben Madol, tabled the Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas Bill 2023 to the national legislative assembly for its first reading and it was passed to a second reading after deliberation.